World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 17 March 2016

Categories: In The Media.

End-of-Life Talks DOA? New System Seeks Remedy

US − Medscape

An intervention that included physician training, a system for identifying patients nearing the end of life, and electronic medical record prompts led to more and earlier end-of-life discussions, according to new research.

Guide to End-of-Life Care Options in the US

US –

Individuals facing end of life—whether that be for themselves, or a family member—encounter an array of challenges when attempting to decide among the end-of-life care options that are available. Health care professionals sometimes struggle with providing guidance, as well.

5 treatments seniors don’t want in later life

US – Long-Term Living

Medical treatments don’t always reflect the wishes or goals of older seniors, and some procedures aren’t a good idea at older ages, according to a new study from the Dartmouth Atlas Project, part of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

Opinion: Hospice so uplifting

UK – Beverly Guardian

I’m donating half my author royalties from my book, Please Release Me, to Martin House. Let me tell you why. Talking about a hospice for children with life limiting conditions, I could tell you things that would break your heart, but that would be a bit of downer, so instead, let me tell you about a game of What’s the time Mr Wolf.

LEAP Facilitator Training Program will Ensure More Northerners Receive Quality Palliative Care

ehospice Canada

Pallium Canada Program Triples Number of Facilitators Trained in the North East of the country.

Age UK report shows the cost to the NHS of delayed transfers of care

ehospice UK

A new Age UK report claims that nearly 3 million hospital bed days have been lost between June 2010 and January 2016, costing the NHS over £900 million.

CDC Releases Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

ehospice USA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The current attention on opioids in the U.S. is not focused on the hospice community but the guidelines and extensive information available from the CDC website are likely to be of interest.

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